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What is catnip and why do cats like it?

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Catnip, also known as catnip or catnip, is a mint-like plant. It has been sometimes used as a medicinal plant, to treat different health problems. For example, for headaches and even digestive problems. For the vast majority of cats, this plant, which secretes an intense menthol odor, is very attractive.

Catnip or catnip

The scientific name of catnip is Nepeta cataria. It usually grows up to 40 centimeters high and belongs to the mint family. It is a perennial plant, that is, it does not change its leaves. Its strong scent is capable of producing certain effects on most cats, although there are about 20% of them that will not attract their attention.

The substance that this plant possesses is known as Nepetalactone. In most cats, this substance produces a feeling of euphoria and can sometimes act as a kind of aphrodisiac. This occurs because catnip releases Nepetalactone particles into the air and when these enter the cat’s nostrils, they impact cells that stimulate cat sensory neurons.

That is why it is common to see a cat approach the catnip, inhale it and start moving and playing. This is one of the effects of this herb, as it acts as a stimulant on the nervous system of cats.

Some scientists claim that the effect of catnip on kittens is similar to that of people when they experiment with alcohol.

Cat anxiety and stress

In addition to this stimulating effect, sometimes this plant can be used to help cats to calm stress and anxiety. It is important to know that there are no side effects of this herb in cats, so it can be perfectly used and will not cause problems.

That is, you can have a catnip plant at home if you have a cat. You will simply be happy to take a walk near the plant and enjoy the effect it will have on you.

Effects and benefits

Although each cat may react differently to catnip, the following are the most common:

  • They become more playful and cheerful
  • They hunt imaginary prey
  • Can roll on the floor
  • Present hyperactivity
  • They can run and jump with more intensity
  • They meow for no reason
  • They relax

In general, the effects of this plant last between five and fifteen minutes. After this time they will forget about catnip for at least two or three hours.

The benefits include the following:

  • Relieve anxiety
  • Reduce stress
  • Stimulate your cat’s physical activity

You can try a small planting of this herb at home. On the other hand, experts recommend that you do not give it to your cat on a daily basis, to avoid over-stimulation. Also take certain precautions when your kitty is under the effects of grass so that he does not hurt himself by having some hyperactivity.

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